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Mon 2 Nov 2020

  • Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments
    The Vatican says Pope Francis' comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview, but still confirmed Francis' belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Georgina Beyer: An Icon Through Your Eyes
    Links: Express
  • Grant Robertson is Deputy Prime Minister
    Links: Express

Fri 2 Nov 2018

  • Activist Amanda Ashley dies (New Zealand)
    Ashley established the Rodney Area Rainbow LGBTQ+ group, campaigned nationally for an end to gay conversion therapy and started a petition which called for KiwiSaver funds to be made available for surgeries that were not publicly funded, such as gender confirmation surgeries.
    Links:, Facebook
  • Clock is ticking: 26 months left to meet AIDS target
    Clock is ticking: 26 months left to meet AIDS 90-90-90 targets (CNS): Governments have promised to end AIDS by 2030 but are we on track? Experts reviewed progress we are making towards some HIV related goals with a deadline earlier, such as the ...
    Links: Scoop
  • The Latest: Anchorage official responds to transgender case
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on lawsuit by a faith-based women's shelter in Alaska that is seeking to block the city of Anchorage from requiring it to accept transgender women (all times local):1:40 p...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Surrogacy Seminar Returns to Auckland
    Links: Express

Thu 2 Nov 2017

  • Anglican Bishop of Auckland Dismayed by Tamaki’s Comments
    The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, The Right Reverend Ross Bay, has responded with dismay at the Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s comments against New Zealand gay and lesbian clergy...
    Links: Scoop
  • 1 x Double Pass To Puawai Festival’s Wahine Toa
    Links: Express
  • 1 x Double Pass To The Upside Down Gala, The Cabaret...
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Double Passes to Robbie Williams -The Heavy Entertainment Show
    Links: Express
  • The Pope and His Questionable Stance On Gender Education
    Links: Express
  • US Court Overrules Trump’s Trans Military Ban
    Links: Express

Wed 2 Nov 2016

  • ‘Two Naked Gay Guys’ a Finalist for NZ Webfest
    Links: Express
  • The Invisibility of Trans Men
    Links: Express
  • Team members angry, abused after Quinn arrest
    Fellow team members of the rugby player convicted of trying to sexually assault a six-year old boy say they have been deeply disturbed by the incident and are subject to ongoing abuse...

Mon 2 Nov 2015

  • Poland Lurches Backward
    In its most recent national election, Poland re-elected the antigay, anti-migrant and Eurosceptic "Law and Justice" populist party after almost a decade in the political wilderness...

Sun 2 Nov 2014

  • Cuba’s bid to Host GLBT Conference Criticised
    Links: Express
  • Egyptian men in ‘Gay Wedding’ Video Sentenced to 3 Years Imprisonment
    Links: Express

Sat 2 Nov 2013

  • Pam Ann: she's Plane Filthy
    The shrieks of delight that the devilishly dirty Pam Ann is finally coming to New Zealand are just starting to abate, so just to keep you sated until February we had a chat with the smutty sensation of the skies, covering everything from Hobbits, to marriage equality, horny gay fans, shows at sex clubs and her filthy mouth...

Fri 2 Nov 2012

  • Govt keeping trans people in "limbo" - Logie
    Jan Logie Jan Logie says the Government is making the lives of transgender people needlessly difficult, by shelving the Citizenship Amendment Bill...

Wed 2 Nov 2011

  • Majority backs gay adoption in new poll
    A new survey has found a majority of New Zealanders back changing the law to allow gay couples to adopt children...

Tue 2 Nov 2010

  • Slave Auction raises $2,000 for fundraiser
    The Urge Slave Auction has raised over $2,000 for Help Out in October, with the K' Rd bar adding a total of $2,700 to the fundraising effort from its events over the month...

Mon 2 Nov 2009

  • Sir Elton hospitalised, concerts cancelled
    Legendary gay British singer and piano man Sir Elton John has been struck down with an E...

Sun 2 Nov 2008

  • Spain's Queen condemns gay marriage
    Queen Sophia of Spain's comments against gay marriage and gay pride marches have drawn ire as she turns 70 years old today...

Fri 2 Nov 2007

  • Snafu endangered NZAF AGM voting rights
    A 'systems failure' at the AIDS Foundation, which saw a significant number of members narrowly miss being disenfranchised at the upcoming Trust Board Annual General Meeting, was just caught in time, according to the NZAF...

Thu 2 Nov 2006

  • Rainbow Labour decides its future
    Openly gay MP Tim Barnett says the ‘Rainbow' sector of the Labour Government met twice during the party conference in Roturua last weekend to discuss the future of Rainbow Labour...

Wed 2 Nov 2005

  • Skippy culling!
    National's alleged anti-"PC" spokesbigot, Wayne Mapp, is actually pandering to social conservative ideological purists ('skippies') as the real thought police...

Tue 2 Nov 2004

  • Winston Peters is back to normal
    Winston Peters' gay-friendly virus seems to have been cleared from his system – the NZ First leader told his party's conference at the weekend that the ruling Labour Party were "gender-bending control freaks"...

Sun 2 Nov 2003

  • Mr Gay Wellington crowned
    Wellington's annual Mr Gay contest was held on Saturday 25th October with six contestants strutting their stuff to a sell-out crowd at Pound nightclub...

Tue 2 Nov 1976

Tue 2 Nov 1915

  • Composer Douglas Lilburn is born (Whanganui, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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